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Band-bellied Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Leif G
Wildsumaco Lodge, Ecuador, October 2009
Pulsatrix melanota


48 cm

  • Brown facial disc
  • White eyebrows and lores
  • Dark brown head
  • White spotted chocolate-brown upperparts

Sexes similar


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 2 subspecies

  • P. m. melanota:
  • P. m. philoscia:


Humid lowland forests and montanes. Observed at heights around 860 m.



There has been little recorded, but they are thought to eat insects such as crickets.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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